Netflix’s British royalty drama “The Crown” scored an impressive three Golden Globes nominations — and deserved them all. If you hadn’t paid much attention to the series before the Golden Globes recognition, here are seven reasons its worth watching.
If you think of the royals as old and fusty, you’ll be delighted to meet them when they were young and confused. The first shock: Queen Elizabeth II (Golden Globe-nominated Claire Foy) has little to no desire to be queen. Her father, King George VI (Jared Harris) takes the job only out of obligation. And his brother, Edward VIII (Alex Jennings) abdicated the thrones altogether.
The guilty pleasures
When Princess Margaret sneaks a drink — or a kiss from a married man — you’ll delight in her flouting of propriety as much as she does. And every word out of the mouth of the former king Edward VIII (Alex Jennings) is a giddy delight. The mix of high obligation and base humanity makes “The Crown” an obvious choice for its Outstanding Drama Series nomination.
It’s lavish to watch
You see the money that went into this, not just in the costumes, sweeping locales and parties, but in the attention to detail it took to make Buckingham Palace and other famed locales look lived in, and even musty and worn. This is the rare show about royalty that won’t make you envy the royals.
The acting is stellar
From Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) to Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) to Prince Philip (Matt Smith) to Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), the cast is uniformly, compulsively watchable.
The mix of history and family drama
“The Crown” gloriously mixes events that actually happened — like Churchill’s resignation — with conversations we can only imagine, like one in which Elizabeth asks Philip is he’s cheated… in her very proper, British way.
The first episode makes a hunting expedition feel like a journey to Mars, but more dramatic. Jared Harris imbues King George VI with an aching humanity.
We all know the never-give-up Winston Churchill of World War II. But “The Crown” introduces to the Churchill who doesn’t know when to let go. It’s heartbreaking. John Lithgow received another Golden Globe nomination for his performance.
Once you’ve watched the show, check out this list of “The Crown” characters, ranked.